Kindergarten to grade 12 education

Learn about Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)'s role in elementary and secondary First Nations education, as well as funding programs available to support students and educators.

In 2016-2017, the Government of Canada invested $1.94 billion in First Nations elementary and secondary education programs.

As part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to transform First Nations education, working in partnership with First Nations and respecting the principle of First Nations control of education, Budget 2016 is investing a total of $2.6 billion over five years, beginning in 2016-2017, into First Nations kindergarten to grade 12 education. This includes:



Learn about the funding the Government of Canada provides for Kindergarten to grade 12 education to First Nations and other organizations.

Elementary and Secondary Education Program

This program provides eligible students ordinarily living on reserve with elementary and secondary education programs comparable to those in provincial schools.

High-Cost Special Needs Education Program

This program helps eligible First Nations students with high-cost special needs to access quality programs and services that are culturally sensitive and reflective of generally accepted provincial or territorial standards.

New Paths for Education

This program funds projects and activities designed to improve the quality of education in First Nations schools and to enhance the educational experiences of students, teachers, administrators, parents and communities.

First Nation Student Success Program

This program supports First Nations educators on reserve (kindergarten to grade 12) in their ongoing efforts to meet students' needs and improve student and school results. Funding is limited to activities intended for students attending First Nation-operated schools.

Education Partnerships Program

This proposal-based program is designed to advance First Nations student achievement in First Nations and provincial schools.

First Nations Enhanced Education Infrastructure Fund

Find out how ISC works with First Nations to provide financial and advisory assistance to First Nations in the development of education facilities.

First Nations education transformation

Find out how the Government of Canada is committed to establishing a new partnership on First Nations elementary and secondary education.

Improving First Nations schools on reserve

Learn about new schools in First Nations communities since September 2016.

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